Week 4. Tantra and breathwork: What is pranayama and why is it needed? Copy

Pranayama is translated as “energy management through the control of one’s breath”. This is a conscious control of the breath or the life force, and thanks to this, you can fill your physical body with energy or relax it. It flows through thousands of subtle energy channels called “Nadis” and energy centres called “chakras”. With a high level of Prana, a person feels calm and positive. Prana is the energy that pervades the universe at all levels. This is physical, mental, intellectual, sexual, spiritual and cosmic energy. 

The goal of all yogic and other spiritual practices is the release of the great cosmic power, or Kundalini Shakti, which lies curled in three and a half turns into the Muladhara chakra. Kundalini is the energy inherent in the matter of the Muladhara chakra, the dormant centre, located in men in the perineum, and in women in the cervix. Changes in our state of consciousness are caused by changes in the level of Prana. 

According to the Yoga Sutras, the mind can be controlled by controlling Prana. If we focus on Prana, the mind quickly becomes steady and focused. In this way, we can begin to perceive a deeper state of the subconscious and unconscious mind. The science of Tantra claims that the key to superconscious states is the awakening of Prana or the release of energy. Pranayama underlies many meditative techniques and prepares the student’s body and mind for successful and safe meditation, helping them focus on the object of meditation and directing the mind inward. Thus, meditation is impossible without pranayama. That is why we suggest that everyone who seeks to succeed in meditation, first of all, master the techniques of pranayama, which will significantly help them. It is also important to know that pranayama should be studied and mastered slowly and gradually. Never proceed to the next stage without having learned the previous one.

The positive effects of pranayama:

  • Increases the quantity and quality of energy (prana);
  • Clears blocked energy channels and centres (nadis and chakras);
  • Cleans all energy around you, expands the aura and strengthens the spirit;
  • Fills you with energy and positive attitude;
  • The body, mind and soul are in harmony, and as a result you will experience clarity in the mind and health in the body;
  • Stimulates the heart and digestive organs, cleanses the blood of toxins and supports all systems of the body; in addition, it has a positive effect on the nervous system, mind and consciousness.

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